ALBANY, NY – The Saint Peter's men's basketball team won its seventh straight game on Friday night, knocking off Canisius College, 61-58 in the quarterfinal round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) tournament. The win improves the Peacock overall record to 19-12 and moves the team into the semifinals for the second time in three years.
Quadir Welton (Philadelphia, PA / Math, Civics and Science Charter) recorded Saint Peter's highs in points and rebounds, scoring 15 points and snagging nine rebounds. Trevis Wyche (Neptune, NJ/Saint Peter's Prep) joined his senior classmate in double figure scoring, with his 10 points and he also added three assists. Cavon Baker (Queens, NY / New Hope Academy [Md.] (Houston)) and Nick Griffin (Rockville, MD/Col. Zadok Magruder (George Washington)) each added eight points to the scoreboard, while the trio of Nnamdi Enechionyia (Springfield, VA/St. James School (Samford)), Samuel Idowu (Brooklyn, NY/Lafayette Educational Complex), and Antwon Portley (Lancaster, TX/Lancaster) all scored six points each.
The Peacocks led early with a 6-5 lead by the first media break. Welton scored the team's first four points and Enechionyia followed hitting a mid-range jumper (14:39). A three-pointer by Portley, and a quick basket off of the bench by Baker, extended the Peacock lead to 13-9. With Saint Peter's up 13-12, the Peacocks put together a 6-0 run, sparked by Idowu's back-to-back baskets in the paint and Enechionyia's jumper, pushing the lead up to 19-12. Canisius answered, cutting the score to 19-17 with 5:48 on the clock, but the Peacocks responded, extending the lead to 28-20 after outscoring the Golden Griffins 9-3 over the next two minutes. By the break, the Peacocks held a 30-25 lead. Welton led all-scorers with 10 points after 20 minutes. The Peacocks shot an impressive 50.0 percent from field in half and held Griffs to 31.0 percent but allowed eight offensive rebounds leading to 15 second chance points.
Saint Peter's opened the second half on fire offensively and defensively, scoring 10 straight points behind three steals, pushing the lead over double-digits, at 40-25 forcing Canisius into a timeout with 16:42 on the clock. Wyche added another basket to make the opening- half run go to 12-0. Wyche added a trifecta and Idowu scored on layup, to give the Peacocks a 47-33 lead with 14:03 on the clock. After the Idowu layup, the Peacocks did not hit a field goal for over 10 minutes, until Portley drained a three to make the score 56-47 with just over four minutes to play. Despite not making any field goals, the Peacocks still kept a strong lead over Canisius with free throws and defense. Canisius managed to get to within three points, 58-55, late in the contest with 1:05 left. On the ensuing possession, Wyche got fouled, making the front end of the two free throws and giving the Peacocks a 59-55 four-point edge with 51 seconds left. Canisius' Crumpton (who was previously 1-7 from long range) quickly hit a three to cut the score to 59-58 only taking nine seconds off of the clock. With 42 seconds left, Wyche got the Peacocks into their set and used as much clock as possible before going straight to the rack, and hitting a layup to give the Peacocks a 61-58 lead with just 13 ticks remaining. Canisius pushed the ball and Crumpton missed a three-point attempt, but Canisius secured the offensive rebound and Isaiah Reese attempted a three from the near corner with four seconds left that missed, and Portley grabbed the defensive rebound to secure the three-point thrilling win for Saint Peter's.
The Peacocks, as they always do, forced their opponent into 16 turnovers and converted them into 16 points. The Peacocks also held Canisius to just six made baskets from behind the arc on 26 attempts for a 23.1 percent shooting total. Saint Peter's led for over 36 minutes in the game and never surrendered the lead in the second half.
Reese and Crumpton both led Canisius in scoring with 19 and 18 points respectively.
The Peacocks back in action on Sunday, March 5 in the semifinals round of the 2017 MAAC Championship at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY. The No. 2 seeded Peacocks will face the winner of No. 3 Iona and No. 6 Rider at 7:00p.m. on ESPN3.
Post Game Press Conference